Joel Quenneville made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1978-79 season. During that same time period, Mary Jovanovich and I were part of the Sacred Heart 8th grade class. In today's Friendly Encounters, those two events intersect in a way.
Quenneville went on to have a successful 13 year playing career and is currently in his 14th season of coaching in the NHL. He will forever be loved in Chicago for guiding the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup win in 20 years.
Mary and I went to different high schools and lost contact sometime during our college years. A while back we reconnected on Facebook and I learned that she was married with two children. I also learned they are huge fans of the Blackhawks. They attend many games and somehow have met several players. (I just have to know her secret).
I always love posting Mary here. It's like going back in time. Hopefully, other Sacred Heart mates will appear here in the future.
Mary Jovanovich Brazzale and Joel Quenneville in Chicago, IL-Early 2011.